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Wrongful termination may give cause for legal action in Texas

Texas residents may be interested in one out-of-state man's employment law case. Reports stated that the man had worked for a nonprofit organization and was under contract for three years. His contract was to end next year, but he was recently fired from the organization. As a result of this occurrence, he is pursuing a wrongful termination case.

What can FMLA do for you?

Sometimes, events occur in life that require you to take more time off work than your sick and/or vacation time allow. The federal government understood this and passed the Family Medical Leave Act. FMLA allows you to take off up to 12 weeks per calendar year for family emergencies, and a Texas employer cannot fire you for it. However, that does not mean that you should run out and ask for this leave just yet. You must meet certain criteria first.

What are the salary rules regarding overtime?

When most Texas residents begin a new job, they understand that overtime could be required, either regularly or periodically. For employees who qualify, overtime begins for any hours worked over 40 hours during a typical workweek. The salary rules under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act require employers to pay overtime for these "extra" hours.

OSHA frowns on retaliation by employers against whistleblowers

Texas workers should know that federal law provides them with certain protections for whistleblowing. An employer is prohibited from retaliating against an employee for reporting wrongdoing, hazardous work conditions or other violations of the regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Even so, many employees are subjected to retaliation.

Job termination is not the end of your employee rights

Most people equate the loss of a job with the end of their income, health insurance and other employee rights. Imagine losing your job after more than 10 years of loyal service. How are you going to pay your mortgage or make your car payments? What if it takes months to find another job that offers a comparable salary?

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